Daily, Nigerians who use this road suffer a lot of inconveniences from or to Abuja. Most times the traffic hold-up could keep people on the road for over two hours. It is really frustrating and uncharitable in a young city considered the World’s fastest growing city and the political capital of Africa’s most populous country.
This situation worsens by the day as more vehicles and persons come into or leave Abuja via this road. The number of man-hours lost and the distress it causes in a hot environment like Abuja should only be imagined than experienced. To make the matter worse, private green buses and motorcycles have been banned from Abuja; thus crowding everyone at Nyanya.
In an interview with a passenger, Mr James Okechukwu, he said , it takes a minimum of about forty five minutes to reach AYA junction in Asokoro from Nyanya.
To arrest the situation, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) is now stationed at the Karu junction along the road so as to ensure organized vehicular movement at all times. Yet, no solution.
Residents of Nyanya Area Council in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) do not just suffer the traffic but also suffer dilapidated roads. They have decried the bad condition of roads in the area, while pleading to the council administration to come to their rescue.
A goods retailer, Mr Vincent Iheanacho told NEWS24EXTRA that the road has always been a problem for a very long time, either in the rainy or dry season.
He said: “Every year looks like the worst we have seen. Last year, we had hopes that the road was going to be worked on because they came and poured layers upon layers of gravels and sand as if the work was in progress.
“To our greatest surprise, they only fixed a particular road leaving other ones unfixed
“Please, if they can only pour coal on the road, it will save us from not only from the dust but the rain during raining season because that one is coming soon too,” he said.
Similarly, another resident, Madam Chi Amos said that the condition of the road was frustrating because it discourages commercial motorbikes from bringing passengers into the area.
Amos said that once one is caught up outside the area in the late evening or when it is about to rain, no motorbike wants to go to the area because of the bad road.
She also called on the council to proffer a lasting solution to the situation, while appreciating the council’s effort so far.
The situation of bwari Nyanya road is one that has painted the capital of the giant of Africa in a negative light. Those who don’t know much about Abuja tend to think that, Abuja as a state lack some of the negative element that has plagued Nigeria and is still a plague in many part of Nigeria.
The dilapidated Nyanya and Bwari road is one that has made the area a living hell for the residents and those who ply that route. Hell according to the Christian religion is a place filled with pains and gnashing of teeth. Bwari and Nyanya road has dragged hell to residents and users of the roads.
The Bwari road over a period of time has been abandoned by the government and lack of maintenance has caused the road to wear and tear resulting to the various portholes and bad patches on the roads. These portholes and bad patches has caused several hold ups and damaged the vehicles of most road users.
The rate at which vehicles break down and the accident rate recorded on these roads in previous years has made several residents to call upon the attention of government. However it is appalling that despite several cries and clamoring by residents to government, no positive step has been taken to do the needful in fixing the roads.
The thought of plying the road every morning has brought anxiety and depression to some users. Some of the users also complain that they normally come late to work most times because the road has ended up in elongating their journey and has made residents missed interviews.
According to a resident in a separate interview with NEWS24EXTRA, the road has been a source to his ailment, as he most of the times steps on the stagnant water, that has clustered in the portholes.
One Mr. Gbenga Thomas said that he broke his leg when he fell into a porthole covered with stagnant water inside the area C, Nyanya road and he spent so much money treating himself.
This has been the painful cry of these residents, yet the govt seems to turn blind eye to them. Well that does not mean they will lose hope, for one day their prayers would be answered.